St. John's Tower...

 
 
As the notes on our First World War page mention, the tower and clock of the church of St. John the Baptist in Moordown were added to  the building in 1923/24, in memory of those Moordown men who gave their lives in the Great War.
 
A very appropriate Memorial..... but it begs the question, why was the tower never completed, when the church was originally built, some 40 years earlier?
 
Elaine Davies has emailed a link to this lovely copy of the original architect's drawings, published in 1873 
As you can see, the design includes an impressive tower!
 
But this photo from 1915...
 
together with this coloured postcard image from 1913 that Eileen Barker has found...
 
both show a much shortened tower, with what appears to be a tiled roof.  
 
Why was it not completed as the architect intended?
An obvious reason would perhaps suggest a lack of funds....but the Church of England not 'completing' a new parish church, in the last part of the 19th century, doesn't seem to  ring quite true.......
 
Does anyone know why the tower was never completed, at the time of the original building construction?... If you have any ideas, do let us know!
 
The lovely photo  below, showing the church pretty much as we know it today (but with smaller trees!) dates from the 1930s.
 
I think the tower we see today is probably an improvement on the original design?.... and a fitting tribute to those Moordown men who lost their lives in the Great War. The photo below, taken in March 2013, shows the tower from a similar angle to the original architects drawing (not quite the same .. too many trees in the way!). I think the original tower might have been a little overpowering... maybe that's why it was never built?.....
 
 
 
 
 
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